Late Winter in the Mojave Desert, a Splendid Journey: Part I – Redstone

A few years back in late winter, I decided to head south to Las Vegas. It had been a cold, rainy fall and winter in Portland. But, the trip wasn’t so much to visit a casino as it was to enjoy the Mojave Desert before the brutal summer heat set in.

My good friend Dan, the world’s best tour guide, had worked up some outings for us. The first was a visit to the Redstone area near Lake Meade.

Then, it was a two-day trip to Death Valley which was wonderful at this time of the year. Although, I wouldn’t want to visit in the middle of summer. Some of the places we visited were 20 Mule Team Canyon, Zabrinski Point, Golden Canyon, Artist Palette, Devil’s Golf Course, Badwater, Salt Creek, Furnace Creek, Sand Dunes, Keane Wonder Mine, Mosaic Canyon, Ubehebe Crater and Scotty’s Castle.

After returning from the Death Valley trip, I walked through some of the casinos in Las Vegas. One of the most memorable was the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio. The flowers were spectacular.

Before returning to Portland, I spent several days hiking in the nearby area. First was Willow Bay above Lake Meade. And finally, Red Rocks Canyon.

It made for a great vacation.

The following are photos of the Redstone area.

Old friend Dan, the world’s best tour guide

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  1. Amazing photography John.

  2. Thanks John for a great hiking idea in the Las Vegas area. I love hiking the desert SW and Redstone looks amazing. Always enjoy your blog posts and photos – keep it up!

  3. Thanks John for your great blog and photos – and a new hiking idea in the Las Vegas area. Redstone looks amazing!

  4. Posted that reply twice, that’s how much I enjoy your blog I guess!

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